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UK HealthCare supports Liver Life Walk

Published 06-06-2012 7:28 AM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  

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The weather recently has been ideal for taking a walk outside. But on June 3, along the Ohio River, there was an added reason: to support the fundraising efforts of the American Liver Foundation through its Liver Life Walk.

It was a day for those whose lives have been changed by an up-close experience with liver disease for themselves or their loved ones. It was a time to celebrate the gift of life provided by organ donation and a time to remember loved ones.   

This was the first year UK HealthCare was part of a group of corporate sponsors for the Liver Life Walk in Cincinnati. We were encouraged to participate by Jon Hundley, MD, one of UK HealthCare's transplant surgeons, and Ravi Ravinuthala, MD, a full-time hepatologist with Ohio Gastroenterology and Liver Institute and part-time faculty at UK. Ravi is also the medical director of UK HealthCare's Northern Kentucky liver transplant clinic and works closely with Jon. The Northern Kentucky location allows UK HealthCare to bring our liver transplant evaluation services closer to home.

There were more than 200 people in attendance at the walk, from all age groups and walks of life, from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Our group was especially touched by one young man who received a transplant a year ago and was there to walk with his wife and children. As he approached the UK HealthCare table he said with conviction, "Isn't this a wonderful day? I am grateful for each and every day of my life."

There were parents of a young women transplanted a few years ago who spoke about the ups and downs of going through a liver transplant with their young child who is now a healthy adult.     

The transplant program at UK HealthCare has been growing steadily over the last few years with a team of dedicated physicians and staff ready to help those in need.  To learn more about the UK Transplant Center and our other locations call 1-800-333-8874 or visit our website.

Congratulations to the American Liver Foundation staff, volunteers, corporate sponsors, donors and walkers in Cincinnati who raised more than $22,000 toward the fight against liver disease. See you next year with a big blue team of walkers from UK HealthCare and beyond for the American Liver Foundation Liver Life Walk in Cincinnati.   

Interested in finding out more about organ donation? Go to http://www.donatelifeky.org/  

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Dr. Ravi's team and Mandy (Golden Retriever not shown)

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UK HealthCare staff help sign in participants

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